From 4 September to 15 November 2015, Neda Razavipour has held a series of performances within Dust-Kurz,-Ghobar, the exhibit; at CCA
Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.
Following a narrative line, each of these performances can be viewed independently. She employs objects found in Iran that are related to Poland to underline the airborne nature of dust: From an intimate body, a geography, to another body, the space that surrounds us – a past, a field of memory, the ground of history. Dust becomes a link connecting life to death, absence to presence. It is a unifying – and, why not, purifying – agent of communication. These performances ultimately thirst after discussion and participation on dust as a cosmological phenomenon.
This is a Scenario for 6 days performances:
Two packages are waiting out of the exhibition space. They have around 1m cube volume each. These packages have flight label. From Tehran to Warsaw via Istanbul.They don’t have any breakable sign on them. But They are fragile.
She opens throughly one of these packages, wrapped in adhesive tape and plastic. She unveils pieces. In each package, bound tightly together, we can perceive few “Polish chairs”, “Warsaw plates”, “Crystals from Poland”, and a “Polish mirror.”
These objects came from Iran to take their place in Warsaw/Poland. In Iran they are known as related to polish culture. Everybody knows it. The man from Manouchehri Antique shop. The other from the Friday Bazar. Everybody said that they came from some land in eastern euro, that is called Lahestan. They were at a time from Poland. But nobody knows that evidence here. Nobody take care about it.
She cleans them with care and respect. She installs the objects in different rooms. Then she do the same for the other package.
She brings a TV but doesn’t turn it on yet.
She is in black
She is in white.
She is sitting on a “Polish” chair and has a mirror in front of her (on a wall or on the floor).
She sprinkles water and combs her hair. Then she starts to clean herself -- face, hand, body, foot and legs -- with a piece of cloth. (She may or may not give the cloth to a spectator or one of the guards to clean her back.)
Somebody told her that her grandma was a young woman when her houseband asked her to brings some food and some savon too helps other women, cleaning handred of refugees from Union Sovietic. It was 1942. Childrens and women were covered by soot, and had lots of louse.Once clean, they were so beautiful with blond hair and blues eyes.
At the end, she collects hair that has fallen after she combed her hair and glues them on walls throughout the exhibition space.
She is standing close to one of her installations - chair, plate, crystal, and mirror. She is in black.
She offers to comb the visitors’ hairs. Visitors sit on the chair and she combs their hair. She picks up their fallen hair and spreads them all over exhibition space. ( She may offers visitors either to comb their hair by themselves)
Then she start to clean all the space. All Pieces. Art pieces.
Dust give them valuation or sometimes disvaluation. It’s up to you. You must choose it.
She places chairs together in a queue and tries to play “musical chairs” with them. Instead of people, there are objects on these chairs - crystals, mirrors. When the music stops, she must tips one chair. With or Without objects.
Then she invites visitors to play with her. Someone turns the music on and off (the chanson we heard is from the film made by Khosrow Sinai called Lost Requiem. It is sang by former Polish immigrants passing by Iran: “gon stare baby, gon stare baby, gon stare baby do lasa) and visitors sit on chairs. The plays restart, unil two pole remain and one chair.
She is in white.
On TV, a film is shown about the White Wall of NAFAS*. On this wall citizens of Tehran wrote they needs and asked to the government to do something against the Pollution. We can see “How citizens try to be responsibilities against the big dust” and what NGO built from citizens can do for them. All chairs are reassembled in front of the TV. She sleeps on two chairs.
She is in black.
She sits on a chair, cleans herself, and combs her hair. She cleans dust from pieces in the exhibit, both her own and those of others.
She starts to put her own “Polish“ pieces -- chairs, crystals, mirrors, and plates -- back in package.
Then, She sweeps and cleans different parts of the exhibition space meticulously. She collects dust and trash. She adds them to what she had collected in the previous days. She shapes the dust into several dust bunnies and put theme together.
She is in white.